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The Reliability Bell Curve: What Does “More Reliability” Actually Mean?

In a recent post about up front spending, quite a few people mentioned their anecdotes about buying a cheap washing machine and having it last for many years - and then used that as a justification to ignore reliability data when making a purchase and instead go for the cheap item. Let’s explore that idea a bit. […]

Confirmation Bias and Your Money

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been involved in a very interesting discussion with a reader who wanted to know why I thought index funds were such a great investment strategy. I pulled out a huge array of quotes and experts that support my claim. […]

Reader Mailbag #62

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. As usual, we’ll start things off with a few links to older articles that directly answer questions I’ve heard recently. […]

Review: Stimulated!

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, or career book. At almost every job I’ve ever worked at, from a minimum wage service job where I helped people print documents to a full time job in a research lab, creativity and initiative have been rewarded. […]

If You Live in Central Iowa…

Watch the KCCI (channel 8) evening news tonight (Sunday) at either 5 PM or 10 PM. There’s going to be a story about me, my family, The Simple Dollar, and my book (365 Ways to Live Cheap). I was fairly nervous during the whole thing - I’m not exactly comfortable in front of a camera yet. […]

Making Financial Literacy Compelling to a Wide Audience

A reader that I’ll call “Maggie” writes in with an interesting question: I manage a federal TRiO grant at a community college in Arkansas. If our funding proposal is approved again next year, we are required to include programs on financial literacy, as required by the new Higher Ed Authorization Act. We currently offer a money management fair and one or two workshops per semester. […]

Trimming the Fat from Your Work-Related Spending

Doing my taxes this year was an interesting experience. In 2008, my income was down substantially as compared to 2007 - no real surprise, considering I quit my full time job in March 2008. What was really surprising for me, though, is that our family’s spending dropped almost as precipitously. Across the board, expenses were down. Way down. We spent less on food. We spent less on gas. […]

Time to Save Money on Food

Today, The Simple Dollar is featuring a guest post by Jerry Kolber. Jerry is an award-winning writer, producer, and executive producer of film and television including Inked and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. […]

The Neighborhood Cooperative

Last weekend, our town had a “city wide yard sale.” There was a bit of promotion of this event by the city council and quite a few homes participated (we would have, but unfortunately we hadn’t been at home for several weekends in a row due to my grandmother’s passing and several other family commitments, so we simply weren’t aware of it until it was too late). […]

The Stroop Effect and Your Wallet

Let’s try a little psychology experiment. In the image below, read out all of the colors, not the words themselves. You can say them out loud, or in your head. Now, try the same for this batch of colored words. Remember, say the color, not the word itself. It’s at least a bit harder, isn’t it? […]